A quick follow up to the recent IGY for medicine post. A colleague in Sierra Leone commented about the post that
The pipe dream is actually happening: it's the Ebola response. In many ways, what you suggest for an International Biomedical Year is exactly what's happening now in West Africa. It's an amazing international effort. The sentiment and organizations are definitely present there, though perhaps the coordination could be improved. That said, if the world NGOs and governmental organizations collaborated like they are for Ebola on other efforts, though more focused as you suggest on research and treatment, a ton could be accomplished.There's a very positive thought to begin 2015.